Octavia Hill walk at Brandelhow

Season:Any
Duration:Half Day
Activity:Walking

This is an easy lakeside amble along the quiet side of Derwentwater, leading you through the tranquil parkland at Brandelhow, birthplace of the National Trust in the Lake District. Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the Trust, planted a tree at the official opening of Brandelhow to the public in October 1902.

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  1. Standing on Hawes End Jetty, turn left and head south along the wide track that runs parallel to the lake shore for half a mile. Hawes End Jetty: The Keswick Launch Company runs boats in both directions around the lake throughout summer. In winter, it runs a restricted timetable - it's a great way to arrive but do check their website first.

  2. The wide track you're on will be joined from the right by another track. Continue through the park with trees on your left, through a narrow band of trees and on towards the lakeshore where you'll see Low Brandlehow jetty.

  3. At Low Brandlehow jetty, keep heading south (to your right) and follow the lakeshore path. The path will take you past the hands sculpture, and gets a little rougher and muddier as it follows the lakeshore to High Brandlehow jetty where there's a picnic table and a nice place to pause and rest your legs.

  4. Continue along the lake shore until you reach the next jetty at High Brandelhow, then make a sharp 'U-turn' onto the upper track in the wood, passing under the line of large Douglas fir trees. Follow this upper path all the way back to the Hawes End Adventure Centre.

  5. As you walk back through the woods, ignore side-paths to the left and right and stay on the main path. You'll get glimpses of the lake, and you'll pass by the traditional stone barn.

  6. You'll pass beside Hawes End Adventure Centre, coming onto a road, then look for a track to your right which is signposted 'Hawes End Jetty'. This will take you back to the Jetty and complete the circular walk.

Further Information

Top Tip: Arriving by boat takes the stress out of finding somewhere to park - and gives you a great view of the lake.

Start/Finish: Hawes End Jetty, Derwentwater, grid ref: NY 250 213

Distance: 3.6 miles (7.8km)

Terrain: The route starts at the Hawes End Jetty, follows the lakeshore and returns through woodland. Low-level lakeside and woodland paths, paths mostly even with some rough patches and gentle inclines. Dogs are welcome. Please keep them under close control, particuarly at lambing time.

Time to complete the walk: 1-2 hours

By Rebekah Ingham

How to get here

Hawes End Jetty, Derwent Water

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

NY 251 207

Get Directions

By bike: 2 miles south of National Cycle Network Route 71

By foot: This trail follows a part of the Cumbria Way footpath and is just off the Allerdale Ramble footpath

By bus: From Cockermouth and Keswick, X4, X5, X50 stops at Braithwaite (2 miles north of walk start). From Keswick, Honister Rambler 77 calls at Portinscale (2 miles north of walk start) during summer only

By boat: Catch the Keswick Launch from Keswick Lakeside to Hawes End Jetty

By car: We recommend you park at Keswick Lakeside car park and catch the launch to Hawes End Jetty. Limited roadside parking at Swinside. From A66 at Portinscale, follow road towards Swinside